Large Royston Turquoise Stamped Concho Belt
Sterling Silver and Royston Turquoise Large Stamped Concho Belt by Navajo Artist Leon Martinez. This concho belt features ten sterling silver hand stamped conchos with bezel set Royston Turquoise cabochon as the trim of each concho. This concho belt has 1000 ctw of turquoise and measures 65 inches.
Native American Artist: Leon Martinez
Navajo artist Leon Martinez began his jewelry career in the early 1970’s and is considered one of the most celebrated Native American jewelry artists, winning first place awards several times at the Navajo Nation Fair and Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial. Influenced by his jewelry-making parents, Leo and Edith Martinez, Leon began at the young age of nine assisting with buffering, soldering and setting stones.
Leon’s jewelry is described as early 1900’s old style mixed with contemporary style. Making jewelry has made me become patient, putting quality time into the smallest item. This helps me to perfect my work: soldering, setting stones by size, measuring for the perfect fitting, and selecting the highest quality stones for each piece of work.” says Leon. “I strive for perfection in each and every piece.”